Several area museums have won awards from the Illinois Association of Museums.
Rockford’s Midway Village won Certificates of Excellence for the educational program “100th Anniversary Titanic Steerage Supper” and for Social Media and Websites. The Sycamore History Museum won a Certificate of Excellence for the exhibit “Why Sycamore Works.”
The Northern Illinois University Art Museum won a Certificate of Excellence for the exhibit “Golden Age of Wordless Novels and Artist Illustrated Books: 1917-1951,” while NIU’s Jack Olson Gallery won a Certificate of Superior Achievement for the exhibit “Inked Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art” and a Certificate of Excellence for the show’s catalog. Also, NIU student Agnes Ma was one of two people to be named Museum Studies Graduate Student of the Year.
The Illinois Association of Museums is an independent, non-profit, statewide organization of museums and historical societies. It gives awards each year in a variety of categories to recognize the achievements of cultural institutions and individuals. The 2012 awards were announced September 21.